Daily Archives: December 6, 2013

How should we view the state?

Albert Jay Nock famously said that it’s our enemy. (At least, it’s the enemy of those who want to live in peace and wouldn’t think of aggression against others.) Today’s Freeman piece takes an excerpt from his great book.

Government jobs as a path to wealth

Our friend Bob Smith writes here in praise of a Wilmington Star editorial about the very elevated pay levels of some state government officials, who earn much more than they would if they had to work in private industry doing the same work — distributing alcoholic beverages. This is why many people like expansive government.Continue Reading

One wonders how much of this money ended up in N.C. mailboxes

If you’ve read Don Carrington’s reports on tax fraud, the following Washington Free Beacon story should come as no surprise. The IRS could issue nearly $2.3 billion in fraudulent tax returns to individuals who forge tax identification numbers each year, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). An audit released on ThursdayContinue Reading

A major cause of the Motor City malady

Steven Malanga explores for City Journal key factors in the financial problems plaguing Detroit. A federal judge’s ruling yesterday that Detroit worker pensions can be cut as part of the city’s bankruptcy case has angered city workers and shocked some of their supporters. Workers carrying signs outside the federal bankruptcy court yesterday blamed big banksContinue Reading

Pethokoukis debunks Obama’s rhetoric

James Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute dissects several of the president’s claims from his “big inequality speech” Thursday at the Center for American Progress. Obama wasn’t just giving a warning, he was also teaching a partisan, progressive, left-wing history lesson. As he sees it, these toxic trends have been slowly poisoning the US economyContinue Reading

Fund probes the president’s gamble on young people

John Fund explains for National Review Online readers why President Obama seems to have made a bad bet on young people supporting his health care scheme. Here’s Obama aiming his comments at young people this Wednesday: “The product is good. It’s affordable. This is a big deal, to quote Joe Biden. And if you’re aContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

North Carolina legislators adopted a number of reforms in 2013 favored by conservative icons such as Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, and Milton Friedman. John Hood discusses those reforms during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Sarah Curry discusses her recent research into North Carolina’s state government spending growth, while Roy Cordato critiques N.C. CommerceContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation with Jane Shaw of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy about a proposal to assign colleges and universities more responsibility for their students’ loan defaults. Katherine Restrepo’s Daily Journal probes the Affordable Care Act’s questionable definition of “affordable.”